Inner Life Healing ...Living the good life Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:34:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Inner Life Healing 32 32 Reiki for Stress & Energy Healing Mon, 28 Sep 2020 17:30:57 +0000 1114217657 HReiki for Stress Relief

The moment the Reiki Practitioner lays their hands on or above specific points of your body, deep relaxation embodies you, quickly releasing any stress that may has been weighing you down. After you have received a session you feel a little floaty, lighter, and a sense of calm sweeps through you.

Because Reiki increases the flow of energy (chi, qi, prana) throughout your body, and brings you back into a state of balance; you feel, dare I say… inner peace.

You are able to cope with life’s stressors, you feel better equipped, and find it easier to handle the situations and people that used to cause you so much upset, and chaos. Suddenly you realise that the stressful triggers are no longer that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things, as a new sense of clarity sets in.

Reiki releases old beliefs, traumatic physical and emotional experiences, and old destructive patterns of behaviour that has become blocked inside your energetic system, and no longer serves your highest good.

As old wounds heal, a positive mindset develops, attracting desirable experiences on a higher vibrational frequency. Your mood elevates as your emotions are balanced, creating new feelings of gratitude, inner calm, self-worth, and freedom from the prison of your thoughts.

The Science behind Stress

Your autonomic Nervous System is comprised of two specific systems: The Parasympathetic Nervous System (PNS) and the Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS).

The SNS is the part of your body tied to your “flight or fight” response, and the PNS is tied to your “rest and digest.”

When you feel threatened a chemical reaction occurs in our body releasing stress hormones such as cortisol, and this triggers your “fight or flight” response.

During this stress response you may experience a number of symptoms such as pupil dilation, increased sweating, muscle tightening, blushing, elevated heart rate and blood pressure.

We spend a lot of our daily lives in ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, and in fact 85% of UK adults are experiencing stress regularly. If we are in a constant state of ‘fight-or-flight’ mode, chronic stress can result, and have serious physical and mental health implications such as:

  • Anxiety and worry
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Weight issues
  • Bad choices & decisions
  • Insecurities
  • Low self-esteem/confidence issues
  • Relationship problems
  • Insomnia
  • Sexual issues
  • Alcohol & substance abuse
  • Weakened immune system
  • Physical & Emotional illness

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But what causes Stress?

What happened to you as a child and as you are growing up has a huge impact in your life. The thoughts and beliefs that you have, whether true or not, the way that you perceive the world and yourself, will determine what kind of person you will be, and what state your physical and emotional health will resemble.

Money worries, health concerns, relationships, job responsibilities and home life can all be classified as outside triggers to stress, which we are vulnerable to.

However, every area of our lives can be perfectly maintained and managed if inside of ourselves we are at peace, living in the now…. the present…this very moment. For in this very moment we have no worries or stress.

When we think about our future, we invent worst case scenarios, worry about future bills, growing old, and whatever other frightening images, and made up situations our minds can create.

When we think about our past, we pointlessly obsess about the what if’s, and the should haves. We dredge up all the things that has happened to us since we were children, all the people who had an influence in our lives, and all the situations and people who are still making a huge impact on our lives.

We are trapped in a whirlpool of insane, useless and dangerous thought processes that damage and cause us extreme amounts of unnecessary pain in our lives.

The past has already happened and cannot be changed, and the future does not exist yet.

If we are not so consumed with thoughts about our past and future, then what is left?

Inner stillness…Inner silence…Inner peace.

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Vaping lung disease Mon, 28 Sep 2020 16:39:32 +0000 Skull VapingIs vaping more dangerous than what we have been told?

There are substantial conflicting opinions on whether vaping is a danger to people’s health. It is the belief that vaping is the lesser of two evils, and that you should use electronic cigarettes as they are 95% safer to use than tobacco cigarettes.

But are they really?

Martin Dockrell, Tobacco Control Lead at Public Health England, said:

“There is still work to do to reassure smokers that vaping, while not risk free, is much less harmful than smoking. If you smoke, switching to an e-cigarette could save your life.”

E-cigarettes have only been in England since 2007, and therefore long-term research into whether e-cigarettes are harmful, and cause disease are impossible. They haven’t been around long enough, so how can Martin Dockrell, in all honesty and certainty advise the public to switch to an e-cigarette when it is unknown what the future effects are? If we think about tobacco cigarettes, it was decades until they found the link between lung cancer and cigarettes. The adverse health effects of cigarettes were only known by the mid-19th century and German doctors were the first to identify the link between smoking and lung cancer. E-cigarettes were created for quitting tobacco cigarettes, but there is strong evidence that people are not making the switch from tobacco to e-cigs, to fully quitting. They are dual users, switching back and forth from tobacco to e-cigs.

According to Stanton A. Glantz PhD Director, Center for Tobacco Research Control & Education, at the University of California,

“It is also becoming clear that e-cigarettes have a different risk profile than conventional cigarettes, so the effects of dual use – the most common use pattern – is worse than smoking.

Are “E-Cigarettes 95% Safer than Cigarettes?

PHE compare their own evidence review a few weeks after the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report on e-cigarettes stating:

“Their conclusion on e-cigarette safety also finds that based on the available evidence‘e-cigarettes are likely to be far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes.”

The actual quote from US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine states:

“While e-cigarettes are not without health risks, they are likely to be far less harmful than combustible tobacco cigarettes.”

If you read through the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine report you will notice that their findings have many more conclusions, which demonstrate the adverse effects of electronic cigarettes.

Professor John Newton, Director for Health Improvement at PHE said:

“Every minute someone is admitted to hospital from smoking, with around 79,000 deaths a year in England alone. Our new review reinforces the finding that vaping is a fraction of the risk of smoking, at least 95% less harmful, and of negligible risk to bystanders. Yet over half of smokers either falsely believe that vaping is as harmful as smoking or just don’t know.”

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The Annual Review of Public Health, has been in publication since 1980. They cover any significant developments in public health such as environmental and occupational health, issues in epidemiology, biostatistics, social environment and behaviour, public health practice and policy, and health services.

The Annual Review of Public Health said:

“Influential health organizations in England, including Public Health England (85), the Royal College of Physicians (105), the Royal Society for Public Health (106), and the National Health Service (8596), have unequivocally stated that e-cigarettes are 95% safer than conventional cigarettes. This claim originated from a single consensus meeting of 12 people convened by D.J. Nutt in 2014 (97). They reached this conclusion without citing any specific evidence (32). 

The Nutt et al. paper did include this caveat:

“A limitation of this study is the lack of hard evidence for the harms of most products on most of the criteria” (97, p. 224), which has generally been ignored by those quoting this report (8596105106).”

“A 2015 editorial in The Lancet (39) identified financial conflicts of interest associated with Nutt et al. (97), noting that “there was no formal criterion for the recruitment of the experts.”The Nutt et al. meeting was funded by EuroSwiss Health and Lega Italiana Anti Fumo (LIAF). EuroSwiss Health is one of several companies registered at the same address in a village outside Geneva with the same chief executive, who was reported to have received funding from British American Tobacco (BAT) for writing a book on nicotine as a means of harm reduction (66) and who also endorsed BAT’s public health credentials (127). 

Another of Nutt’s coauthors, Riccardo Polosa, was Chief Scientific Advisor to LIAF, received funding from LIAF, and reported serving as a consultant to Arbi Group Srl, an e-cigarette distributor. He also received funding from Philip Morris International (84129). 

Later in 2015, the BMJ published an investigative report (51) that raised broader issues surrounding potential conflicts of interest between individuals involved in the Nutt et al. paper. BMJ provided an infographic illuminating undisclosed connections between key people involved in the paper and the tobacco and e-cigarette industries as well as links between the paper and Public Health England via one of the co-authors.

Even so, as of June 2017, the “95% safer” figure remains widely quoted, despite the fact that evidence of the dangers of e-cigarette use has rapidly accumulated since 2014. This new evidence indicates that the true risk of e-cigarette use is much higher than the “95% safer claim would indicate.”

While it is unknown whether e-cigarettes are harmful long term, and there is questionable ethics at play. E-cigarettes are being advertised to the world as 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes. Our health professionals and other respected organisations are recommending, and supporting a product whose future effects are unknown, and more evidence seems to be piling up indicating that vaping does not appear to be as safe as we might think.   Disturbingly, it seems to be a case of let’s wait and see.

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According to PHE,“The evidence does not support the concern that e-cigarettes are a route into smoking among young people. Youth smoking rates in the UK continue to decline. Regular use is rare and is almost entirely confined to those who have smoked.”

Stanton A. Glantz PhD Director, Center for Tobacco Research Control & Education said,

“Every single study done examining the gateway effect of e-cigarettes leading to cigarette smoking shows a strong link.”

According to new University of Pittsburgh research,

“Young adults who use electronic cigarettes are more than four times as likely to begin smoking tobacco cigarettes within 18 months as their peers who do not vape. The findings demonstrate that e-cigarettes are serving as a gateway to traditional smoking, contrary to their purported value as a smoking cessation tool.”

As I said at the beginning, there are substantial conflicting opinions and beliefs on the subject of vaping, but the U.K. is seemingly more captivated and bewitched by e-cigs than most!

Deaths & reported illnesses associated with Vaping USA

The following statistics come straight from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

As of January 14, 2019, ·  2,668 cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use associated lung injury have been reported to CDC from 50 states in the USA.·

60 deaths have been reported in 27 states and the District of Columbia (as of January 14, 2020)·

The median age of deceased patients was 51 years and ranged from 15 to 75 years (as of January 14, 2019).

  •  More deaths are under investigation.

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In many of these cases, reports from patients included:

Chest pain

Difficulty breathing

Shortness of breath

And in some cases, mild to moderate cases of gastrointestinal illness included:





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Vaping linked to over 200 health problems in the UK

According to News Medical Life Sciences, “Experts are now calling for every e-cigarette-related health problem to be recorded in a national system. The use of e-cigarettes has already been banned in India, Brazil, Thailand and Singapore.Two hundred health problems were recorded in 74 separate “Yellow Card” reports filed with the MHRA by healthcare professionals and members of the public.The data has been released following accusations that officials have been downplaying the risk of vaping-related illnesses “spreading” from the US to Britain.”

Stanton Gantz, Director of the Center for Tobacco Control and Education at the University of California says,

“Dismissing vaping-related lung disease as “an American phenomenon,” is simply wrong, to argue that the health effects being observed somehow stop at the water line when you move on to the British Isles is silly.”

According to a case in The British Journal, In 2016 a 34-year-old woman in Birmingham, UK was admitted to hospital with symptoms of a fever, night sweats, dyspnoea on exertion and was in respiratory failure when admitted to hospital. She was diagnosed with lipoid pneumonia and was advised to stop vaping as an E-cig component vegetable glycerine was identified as the cause.

Archives of Disease in childhood has published a case study on Ewan Fisher a 16-year-old boy in the UK of a Life-threatening hypersensitivity pneumonitis secondary to e-cigarettes. The doctors said,

“Flavoured e-cigarettes liquids contain airway irritants and toxicants such as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerine, and many different flavouring chemicals that have been implicated in the pathogenesis and worsening of lung diseases, and that likely induce respiratory effects not seen in tobacco smokers.”

They added:

“There are two important lessons here. The first is always to consider a reaction to e-cigarettes in someone presenting with an atypical respiratory illness. The second is that we consider e-cigarettes as ‘much safer than tobacco’ at our peril.”

Prof John Britton, Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies and Consultant in Respiratory Medicine, University of Nottingham says,

“It’s not absolutely clear what has happened here, but it looks like an allergy to an inhaled substance.  There have been a very small number of cases of this condition reported in vapers worldwide, so I think we can conclude that it happens but is thankfully very rare. This is worrying, and the risk needs to be acknowledged, but in absolute terms it is extremely small – and, crucially, far smaller than that of smoking.  The advice remains the same: if you smoke, switch to vaping; if you don’t smoke, don’t vape.”

Terry Miller aged 57 dies in 2010 after developing lipoid pneumonia and doctors said oil from vaping fluid was found in his lungs.His widow says “Public Health England does not have the evidence to back up its claim about the safety of e-cigarettes, which are used by 3million people in Britain, and claims more research into side-effects is needed urgently.”

John Britton Director of the UK Centre for Tobacco & Alcohol Studies at Nottingham University says,

“Inhaling a vapour many times a day for decades is unlikely to come without some sort of adverse effect and time will tell what that will be. It would be better avoided, but from the smoker’s perspective it is a far better bet than carrying on smoking tobacco.”

John Britton was correct about an adverse effect from inhaling vapour, but it didn’t take decades. Unfortunately, there is a serious lack of understanding with this product and nobody knows for certain the repercussions that will follow.

Studies suggest that the base components of vaping fluid – propylene glycol and glycerin – are producing chemical reactions when mixed with flavour additives that leave oil droplets on the lungs, which may mean that even those who do not vape THC (the main active ingredient of cannabis) and vitamin E acetate, are at risk.”

Ann McNeil Professor of Tobacco Addiction at King’s College London  says,

“So, most things in life carry a risk, so for example driving cars, cars cause lots of road accidents, lots of people killed on the roads, but we don’t stop people driving, we try to make them less harmful. So, harm reduction is about enabling people to continue doing that thing but doing it in a less harmful way.”

Putting Ann’s questionable comparison of “cars causing road accidents” with smoking tobacco cigarettes aside…My question is, should we be concentrating all of our efforts on “harm reduction” concerning cigarettes? Where will it end if we keep replacing one product with “a less harmful” product. What happens if concrete undeniable evidence is found that Vaping causes serious damage to our health? Will another product come on the market claiming, “less harm” and a safer alternative to tobacco cigarettes and vaping?What about focusing on Eradication? Speaking from personal experience I know how difficult it is to stop smoking, it takes away your control, you become a slave to a cigarette, conventional or otherwise, they are both the same, you take up one to get off the other.

Cigarettes are not a hardcore addiction that society would have you believe. It is a habit formed for many at a very early age, but one that can be overcome and eradicated like any other habit. Cigarettes (now vaping) are habitual crutches that have been used from early teens. They have been in a person’s life through all the ups and downs, celebrations and commiserations, never letting the person down.We are not dealing with heroin or crack cocaine where your body develops a physical and psychological dependence on it. You do not go to rehab to get clean, nor does your body break down from a lack of nicotine in your body. You do not have to go to the pharmacy where they will hand you out a little package of nicotine to get you through your withdrawal symptoms like they do with methadone for heroin addicts. In fact, in some nicotine replacements that are there to help you to stop smoking there is actually more nicotine in them than there ever was in cigarettes, so try and work that one out.

You have the power inside yourself to stop smoking and to stop vaping. Empower yourself and say no more, I DON’T NEED THIS. Once you make that decision you have already taken back the control that was once enslaving you. There is no shame in asking for help and seeking out a professional that will support you through this transition. There was a time when you didn’t smoke and although that may have been a long time ago, you didn’t need it then and you don’t need it now.


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How to think Positively Mon, 28 Sep 2020 15:53:04 +0000 Photo by Binti Malu from Pexels 1 1 scaled“What consumes your mind, controls your life.”

I have been reading some articles about positive thoughts and having a positive mindset and there are some misconceptions about this. Being positive is not about never having a negative thought ever again! Nor is it about pushing a negative thought to the side, ignoring it, or covering them up by keeping yourself distracted with the hope it will disappear. The   more you do this the stronger the thoughts become.

Negative thoughts breed more negative thoughts which then affects your emotional state and draws negative situations and people into your life.

You may not even realise that you are thinking negatively about yourself or other people, which is why it’s a good idea to monitor what you are constantly thinking about on a daily basis.

Maybe you feel that what you are thinking about isn’t even negative as you are just stating the truth about how you feel as it is a “fact.”

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, your right.” Henry Ford. 

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The idea is to re-train your mind to have a positive mindset about yourself, your capabilities, to become more understanding of situations and people around you. To start believing that you are capable of accomplishing anything, that you are good enough, beautiful, healthy, and that you are deserving of a happy relationship.

“Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.”

If you repetitively say negative things about yourself or a situation then your subconscious mind will believe this and make sure that the events come about to make this come to life.

If you feed your subconscious positive words and images, equally your subconscious will respond to these, and make your positive thoughts come about.

For example, if you think negatively about your body, then change this by repeating on a daily basis –

  • I am fit and healthy 
  • My body is strong and healthy
  • I am at a perfect weight for my size
  • I love my body
  • I am slim
  • I am beautiful
  • My skin is so smooth
  • My hair is so shiny

Even though you may not believe it at the time, your subconscious mind will believe anything you tell it until it becomes a normal way of thinking, and a new routine pattern of behaviour.

Stay strong with this as it takes time to retrain your brain, but it will soon become automatic like driving or learning a new system at work.

After you do this for a while you will find that your immediate response to situations and people will come from a positive, loving and understanding place. Your experiences and circumstances will change as you are putting out love and positive thoughts, therefore you will receive this back into your life.

You will find that you want to start exercising, and putting nutritious foods into your body, and you realise you are actually at the perfect weight, and that you do love your body.

You can practice this with any part of your life that you feel needs improvement. When you begin this practice, you will find that your first thoughts start to be brighter than they were before. You start to see the good in every situation, you see connections in your life, you see the good qualities in other people. Your outlook on the world changes and so your world changes.

Never underestimate the power of your thoughts. You are what you believe. 

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